Exhibitions: Frank Auerbach. Recent Work, Marlborough Fine Art, London 1990 From Life: Radical Figurative Art From Sickert to Bevan, James Hyman Gallery, London, 10 September - 18 October 2003, (cat. 28)
Literature: From Life: Radical Figurative Art From Sickert to Bevan, James Hyman Gallery, London, 2003, (cat..28), illustrated p.61.
In contrast to the strength and composure of Head of JYM, in JYM Seated II all is movement. The painting, from a later series often showing the subject half- or full length in a chair, possesses a powerful dynamism and the subject appears ready to leap up. In contrast to the quiet of Head of JYM, this is a clamorous painting. The animation of the sitter is married to an almost jaunty handling of paint and a flamboyant choice of colours that powerfully demonstrates not only Auerbach's facility with paint but also his profound natural abilities as a colourist.